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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
How Do You Respond to Those "Game Changer" Moments?
By Angie Patrick
If you were around when JFK was shot, no doubt you can share exactly where you were at that moment in time. In the sudden loss of a bright leader, poised to change the face of a nation, you felt the loss when he was taken from us too soon.Perhaps you were of the Elvis era, the same holds true; a powerful and influential person was lost and you felt emotion for someone you did not personally know. Consider the Twin Towers, and how it will forever be etched in the minds of every living soul within earshot of a television or radio. The symbol for U.S. trade and American freedom, these images will remain emblazoned in our memories as being pivotal times that changed who we were, who we thought we were, and helped shaped who we were to become.
I call these moments "Game Changers." And while the examples above are truly bigger than life, and experiences shared my millions, "Game Changers" happen every day on a far smaller scale. An event may be singular, impacting and influencing only you, or it may happen to an affiliated group of people sharing a commonality, be it religious, philosophical, personal or professional. And when these game changers occur, you will never forget where you were and how you felt when they happened.
I recently decided to posit a question on Facebook, and asked my friends to share with me their "Game Changer" moment. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I can tell you it was certainly not what I received. In the responses, the emotions ran the gamut from elation and adoration to apathy and abhorrence. The bare honesty behind the words was what struck me most. People unabashedly shared some of their most private and life altering moments in a somewhat public forum without hesitation. Moments that changed their definitions of themselves and the world they live in forever and in an instant moved them to be different. The stories were remarkable, and I invite you to my page to share in them.
As a community, what will our "Game Changer" be? What will it take to mobilize us, the integrative health care providers who have been sidelined by society and the medical profession? In a world where a cessation of a symptom as a direct result of medication equates to cure, despite the many unsavory side effects the medication has in its carry-on luggage, I really do not mind being considered the alternative to this. However, I must say, I much prefer to be considered a naturalized health care provider. To me, this moniker speaks to the body's natural affinity and ability to help cure itself when provided the proper nutrition, activity, rest and care.
It is no secret health care costs are on the rise. Ideas about health care reforms sit to the left and to the right of the aisle. Even if you are fortunate enough to have coverage and are insured, your out of pocket annually can exceed tens of thousands of dollars for a family of four, and the average cost for a doctor's visit exceeds $150.00. This expense and time-suck sitting in a waiting room for hours to be given approximately three to four actual minutes of conversation discussing your symptoms and how they can be relieved, and then feeling a false sense of wellness as you are receiving your prescription for a drug to help stop that nagging sensation of your body trying to tell you of a larger issue is at a cost we do not even fully realize as yet.
What has to happen before society experiences the game changer and awakens to the notion that drugs to mask an issue and the litany of even more potentially dangerous side effects are not always the answer. I heard someone recently refer to mainstream medicine as "sick care" and what the alternative health care providers do is provide "well care." For me, this was a game changer call, because it rang true with me. And I made changes then and there to create my own path to "well care."
I know my family needs health insurance. Many of you know my circumstance and understand why it is crucial to my family. Medicine does have its miraculous outcomes and my family is the beneficiary of some of these breakthroughs. However, as thankful as I am for these, I can also see where in my own personal health care, medicating the symptom rather than treating the disease has cost me precious time, health and peace of mind. I think this message is one many families across the U.S. can identify with and internalize as speaking to their circumstance as well.
As with everything, there must be balance. There must be integration of health care to not only preserve, but create health. There needs to be a broader understanding that a pill does not cure everything and occasionally, the cost for masking a symptom costs far more than you can imagine. We have to do our part to maintain this miraculous machine we are given to drive and its upkeep is our responsibility. I have been guilty of failing mine, and I have made myself and my family a pledge to better preserve my health by listening to the symptoms and work to find the root cause; not pop a pill and go about my day thinking I am now well, albeit a bit less sharp than I was before.
This is my game changer moment as it pertains to my personal physical being, as well as my career within the health and wellness field. I do not advocate the immediate cessation of all drugs and medicine as we know it. That is not only ludicrous, it is ill advised. What I am advocating is a balance and a broader introduction in mainstream society to the benefits of well care in the forms of massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, exercise, diet, movement and adequate rest. If we can find the balance, the place where taking the time and making the investment to preserve your health rather than wait until it leaves you to take action, we can begin to take back control of our lives, our health care costs, our longevity and our vitality.
I am not proposing any political bandwagon, nor am I advocating any public demonstrations. I don't want to Occupy Wall Street, or any other momentary flash in the pan action that had its fifteen minutes of fame. What I envision is greater than that. It is a change of public perspective, and a bit of a crusade. Sharing the benefits of what you do with every person you meet is a place to start. Study the research as it pertains to your work and educate your clients with the outcomes. Tell them why you are doing what you are doing and how it can facilitate positive change within their body. Give them reference points during your care that you can look back upon and see a clear path of improvement. Refer your clients to other facets of the well care gem and encourage them to try adjunct therapies that may enhance your own. Introduce them to the idea of well care, and suggest they share it with their friends. The end game is that of a healthier society, fewer pharma megaliths, a greater awareness and responsibility for our own bodies, and a balance and understanding between the needs for well care and sick care.
It is a swell of understanding that can be a game changer for many, one person at a time.
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